The Women's Foundation of Colorado Receives Funding Gift for At-Risk Colorado Girls

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The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) today announced that the organization has received a $750,000 grant from the Embrey Family Foundation out of Dallas, Texas. Funds will be used to help Colorado’s at-risk girls graduate from high school through mentoring and sport programs.

We are thrilled to partner with The Embrey Family Foundation, and this significant investment in our work will help us carry our mission statewide and fund research-based strategies to help keep our girls in school

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) today announced that the organization has received a $750,000 grant from the Embrey Family Foundation out of Dallas, Texas. Funds will be used to help Colorado’s at-risk girls graduate from high school through mentoring and sport programs.

This three-year grant allows WFCO to scale-up their investments in preventing girls from dropping out of school by anchoring them in their community through healthy mentoring and strong, after-school sports programs. Research clearly shows that participating in a solid mentoring program significantly increases academic performance for at-risk girls. In addition, school girls who play sports are more likely to receive better grades, higher standardized test scores and are more likely to graduate than girls who do not play sports. WFCO will invest grant funds into organizations that use these strategies with at-risk, middle-school girls throughout Colorado.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Embrey Family Foundation, and this significant investment in our work will help us carry our mission statewide and fund research-based strategies to help keep our girls in school,” said Louise Atkinson, president and CEO of the WFCO., “The fact that 5,800 Colorado girls dropped out of high school last year is alarming to us, and we will use this generous funding to make a long-term impact in the lives of at-risk girls across the state.”

“The Women’s Foundation of Colorado is a trusted partner in the community and we feel confident they will honor our Foundation’s mission of investing in programs and initiatives that enrich and empower families and societies,” said Gayle Embrey, Embrey Family Foundation board member and Colorado resident. “My father was a strong supporter of education and sports programs and we believe that girls gain personal confidence and will go further in school if they are active participants in an education-based, team setting.”

The Women’s Foundation currently has a request for proposals posted on their website at http://www.wfco.org. The closing date for the RFP is December 1, 2010. “We are urging nonprofits organizations that work with at-risk, middle school girls in sports or mentoring to review the RFP and consider applying for these funds.” said Atkinson, “Our goal is to fund organizations throughout the state that work in best practice models of these interventions to help Colorado’s girls graduate and thrive into adulthood”.

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado
One of the oldest and largest women's funds in the nation, The WFCO is the only major statewide philanthropic organization investing exclusively in women and girls. With initial funding of $2 million in 1987, the Foundation’s resources have grown to over $15 million through individual, corporate and foundation contributions. In 2009, the Foundation’s endowment and community contributions enabled The Women’s Foundation to invest over $1,300,000 in Colorado’s women and girls, with more than $700,000 in grants throughout the state, both to the non-profits working directly with women and girls, and to organizations that are changing the public policies that create barriers to success. With this stable financial base, the Foundation is well positioned for continued growth in its service to the women and girls of Colorado. For more information visit http://www.wfco.org or call 303-285-2960.

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